You have five days left!
(I’ve just used my allotment of exclamation points for all the novels I write next year.)
How’s the writing?
Are you going it? Succeeding with NaNo?
The truth is, I’ve done my best.
But I still have several writing days left.
So I’m going for it. ;0)
Here’s what dear Bruce Luck said about making it this last week or so:
Mired in the middle of my story, Carol’s wonderful Throwing Up Words post last week was timely.
Of special significance was her suggestion to list the scenes that still must come. Did that and a zillion ideas floating in the brain gained clarity. Boosted the word count, too, and Carol says that’s legit.
But how to order those scenes? So I took it a step further and created a document titled Writing Backwards. It starts with “the end” and lists events in reverse order. It looks something like this:
TE-1 (the end, minus one) final scene in which the MC reconciles with grandma
TE-2 MC visits grandma in hospital
TE-3 MC locates Angela
TE-4 etcetera, etcetera
That walked me back to where I am now. Well, almost. Middles are notoriously mirky. And mucky. It’s going to take a slog to get to the path toward the end, but at least I know which direction to head.
Thanks, Bruce. A perfect post to help us these last days. As is this one:
Says Gatanathoa (Your slightly rum soaked and piratical ML) who reps Utah County for NaNoWriMo:
You don’t need to have hours alone, you only need 10 minutes. If you can take 5 or 6 ten minute breaks through out each day you can easily get the daily word count. Everyone can manage that.
Good luck, Everyone!